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Friday, October 2, 2015

Will I Make It?

1 October 2015

Squat 135x5, 225x3, 275x3, 315x3, 340x5, 385x3, 430 (1+) x 5

Joker sets 450x2, 460x1 - last set was to questionable depth.

Leg press 50 total reps - upped the weight on the leg press and now I hate it again.

Seated leg curl 3s x 8-10

Lifting was solid, but my knee doesn't seem to be getting any better. I'm now facing a quandary. If I ignore the knee pain (it's not really affecting my squats) and keep increasing the weight on the bar, I have a chance of working back up to 5 plates before the end of the year. On the other hand, if I ignore the knee pain, it could get worse and possibly develop into something serious. Also I don't see any point in working up to LOL5pleat just so I could say I've done it - it won't change anything, or even feed my ego.

From the online research I've done, it looks like a simple case of quadriceps tendonitis, but it could become chronic if untreated. The options now are a) keep squatting and hope the knee makes it, or b) stop doing all quad-oriented work and wait for the tendon to recover. There might be a c) reduce lower body work to once a week, but that never really works when it comes to injuries.

I guess I'll have to do some more reading and decide.


:/ said...

Taking time off is the smart choice and the easiest to recommend, but the hardest to actually do.
At least you can still train upperbody and probably pulls/RDLs? I guess you can treat it like a bench specialization period and press like 4x/week. Hopefully won't blow out a shoulder. Or take up some other hobby/form of exercise for a while to replace your squat stuff.

PS: I took your suggestion of trying to drink a lager. It was one of the best beers I've ever had. The downside is that people that hang out on beer forums will call me a pussy for not drinking IPAs/quadrupels. Oh well.

Fatman said...

Lager FTW.

I have a bench specialization routine in mind, one I've wanted to try out for some time. My mind is 87% made up to switch to that until my knee heals.